Monday, October 12, 2015

Wonderful Watercolour Notebook

Hello everyone! It is Monday again, and we have a Wonderful Watercolour challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. As you might know, watercolours is one of my favourite mediums, and I thought I'd make a little video for today.

I like to have a little notebook and some pencils with me wherever we go, if I need to jot something down, but also to do some sketching if there is a moment over. You can find another one of them in this post. The Brusho Crystals are so much fun and I used them to make this cover. You really need to see them in action, which is why I've been wanting to make a little video about them. For my cover, I used the very cool Watercolor Canvas by Fredrix. The book measures 5.5 x 6.5 in.

This is quite a quick video. When editing, I realised I was pronouncing 'Brusho' a little weird, oops, maybe it was because I was hurrying to get the recording done before Leo woke up from his nap. 

The cover was white embossed with the Tiny Alphabet Background stamp by Simon Says Stamp. The embossing resisted the paint. When the paint was dry, I ironed off the embossing powder by placing the canvas between two printer papers. You need to change the top paper frequently since the powder gets stuck on it. This makes it easier to continue stamping on top of the covers.

The letters were die cut with Tim Holtz new Billboard Alphabet die. Part of the title was stamped and I the leaves were stamped with the Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set.

Here's a close-up of the interesting texture produced by the Brusho Crystals on the canvas.

The notebook is very simple. I made four signatures and stitched them to the cover.

Here you can see the stitching.

Here are some of the backgrounds that I showed in the video.

The back cover looks like this, with more stamping. I just love the look of all that yummy colour. The Brusho Crystals come in a lot of colours, so you can make the background in any colour that you'd like.

I placed my initials on the back cover. The little note stamp comes from the Simon Says Stamp Butterflies set.

Some more stamping. I also stitched a Linen Ribbon to the cover.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

I hope you will join us in our watercolour challenge, as always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 

If you use instagram add #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads, so that we can see them on there too.

Thank you so much for watching!!

Happy Crafting!




  1. Beautiful Rustic colors! Gorgeous mix of texture!

  2. What a wonderful cover, love those warm fall colors and the stitching pops !

  3. I always enjoy your tutorials and this one is no exception. Love your notebook cover, the colours are wonderful and the black text stands out so beautifully. x

  4. WOW!! what a beautiful notebook! I just LOVE the colours and all the design, absolutely gorgeous ad I loved watching the video too! :-)

    Lols x x x
    thanks for everything xx

  5. The colors are so beautiful! Anna-Karin. Love this gorgeous notebook :)

  6. Your book is beautiful and I love to watch Brusho powder "explode" onto wet medium like a firework. I had forgotten about the iron off technique and thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Stunning colors!! Looks perfect for Fall :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Beautiful little notebook! Thanks for sharing the video, such a cool technique. Loving your fall colors here and the lettered background.

  9. This is amazing! I love not only the designs, colors and textures, but the soft shape of this notebook is incredible. Love all the stitching detail and I bought that SSS alphabet letters stamp solely because of YOU! You're always inspirational!

  10. What a fabulous notebook ! I bet you carry it around with great pride Anna Karin just as you should . Thx so much for your tutorial and your brusho vid was great .

  11. Gorgeous notebook and I love the rich intensity of colour that the Brushos bring to the whole project! Beautiful work as always, Anna-Karin! :)

  12. Wonderful idea ! Brushos are very interesting! Thanks for sharing your video! Barbarayaya

  13. Stunning, Anna-Karin. Love this cover and also the Brushos. They look like fun! Great video too! Hugs, Sandra

  14. I love the colors on your notebook and the big bold letters that you used. Thanks for showing these Brushos in a video, it's always fun to see how people use new products!


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